It’s Fondo season again in Zwift! Time to put out some grueling watts for “oh-too-long” duration, and earn that food afterwards!

So the first stage is complete (it was held on 11th of November), and after a short discussion with Family, I’ve opted for the Bambino distance. I know, Bambino distance seems short, but here is the catch: you’ll go up to the Radio Tower (Epic KOM included ofc), and when you are closing in on that last 10km, it sends you up to Volcano KOM!

So plenty of opportunity to destroy those muscles! With the short distance comes a higher pace, so if you aren’t in control of your effort (e.g. you go with the flow of others),you’ll hurt badly. I’ve learned it in a hard way (via a handful of DNF in Zwift Racing)

During the event I as mainly in control. My target was to keep up an effort which is uncomfortable, yet manageable til the end. Targets were 1-1.5 W/kg on downhills, 2-2.5 W/kg on flat and 2.5-3.5W/kg on uphills. Uphill was rather 3W/kg, as I wasn’t dare to push my limits at the first half, and took a laid back approach on the Radio Tower uphill section, didn’t want to shoot myself in the foot in the first hour.

After the Radio Tower, on the downhill section I started the surges on the very short uphills (there is one? or two? Can’t recall) which I continued on the Volcano. Volcano KOM was a nice addition to the end of the route, but the positions didn’t really changed there, everybody settled by then (of course, some fall back, some came up in front, but no real fluctuations).

When we started the Volcano KOM downhill, I’ve caught up some (5?) other riders, and later a group formed up to 1km mark. With 800 meters to go, I’ve opened my “sprint” (or rather a higher effort) with 3.5-4-4.5W/kg, but it was way to early, and around the 200m mark a handful of the riders caught up and left me behind.

All in all, it was a good experience, I’ve managed my efforts, and enjoyed every minute of it!

Let’s do that again in December 😉

My TrainingPeaks data about the event

Pictures, you ask? Here you go!

 

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